AA: Lives At Risk Due To Street Light Blackouts

Money-Saving Measures By Local Authorities Criticised In Report

08.12.2014

The rising number of roads without street lighting is putting more lives at risk, and councils are contributing to this with money-saving "blackouts", the AA has claimed.

In a report obtained today by the Daily Mail, the motoring organisation drew attention to the way local authorities are often switching off street lights to save money, putting motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in danger.

The AA emphasised that accident rates in urban areas - particularly those with 40mph zones during spells of bad weather - are becoming a real cause for concern.

Citing official statistics, the report conceded that improvements in road safety had seen accidents in hours of darkness on busy roads with street lighting drop by close to a fifth (18.6 per cent) overall; this climbed to 24 per cent in rain, snow and ice.

However, when street lights were switched off or unavailable, these statistics dropped to 12 per cent and 16.7 per cent respectively.

The organisation concluded that "discontent with street-light blackouts threatens a backlash in next year's elections", particularly to the north and east of London.

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